In this interview, originally from the Summer Series, Brittany and Heather talk to members of The Mama Dragons. The organization works to bridge the gap and offer support for mothers of the conservative faith community who have children who have come out. We spoke with Marion and Rachel and they shared their experiences of raising a gay son and a transgender daughter, respectively.
Who We Spoke To
Marion is the mother of a gay son and is the Community Education Lead on the Mama Dragon Senior Leadership team. The community education team is currently developing training modules for adults who work with children in the community and school, creating awareness for ensuring that our precious LGBTQ+ children are loved and affirmed, ultimately reducing the devastating high rate of LGBTQ+ teen suicides.
Rachel is the mother of a transgender daughter. She now volunteers her time as an administrator for the subgroup of Mama Dragons specifically for moms of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming children. She is also active in her local community as a support to parents of LGBTQ+ kids, especially those from conservative faith backgrounds.
WHAT TO LISTEN FOR
- Marion and Rachel’s stories and how they found Mama Dragons
- What the LGBTQ+ acronym stands for
- What The Mama Dragons organization does and how it helps mothers
Things We Mention
Marion recommended The Family Acceptance Project as another great resource for families of LGBTQ+ youth.
You can follow The Mama Dragons on Instagram and Facebook. They also have a closed group for those needing support. There are also other niche groups, which you can be referred to once you’ve joined the main group. Mama Dragons also has a wealth of resources about the community (both faith based and secular and for LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as their family members) that you can find here.
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